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endurancegirl_15
Mar. 7, 2010, 12:00 AM
Hi all! I am looking to buy a new Endurance saddle. I am younger and I can't afford anything over $500 right now, because I also have to pay the other expenses. I am looking for one that is 15" to 16" (western sizing) seat. And has semi-quarter horse bars, or it could be a flexi tree. I prefer a horn also.

It seems like I cannot find any endurance saddles in 15". As in western sizing. They all seem to be 16 1/2" to 17 1/2". Hmmm?

If anyone has any suggestions on a saddle, or where to look for one, or even if you have one. Please let me know!

Thanks!

Huntertwo
Mar. 7, 2010, 08:49 AM
Would you be interested in an Aussie Endurance Saddle?

I just ordered this one and it should be coming this week:
http://www.downunderweb.com/store/MI_SAD285.html

endurancegirl_15
Mar. 7, 2010, 06:44 PM
Huntertwo- My family actually owns one that looks like that, and I tried it, and I didn't exactly like it. It sat up too high for me. But thanks anyways!

I was also wondering what close-contact saddles other endurance riders use. Like without a horn.
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Bogie
Mar. 7, 2010, 07:05 PM
Endurance.net is a good place to look for used saddles.

chicamuxen1
Mar. 8, 2010, 07:03 AM
I would suggest one of the Abetta endurance saddles. they are low-cost, lightweight, come in a variety of models and options and are easy to find used. the big thing is that it fit your horse so I suggest that you try used ones and really ride in one to assure it fits.

Just rode with friends over the weekend and one is using an Abetta western saddle that they cut the horn off of. It was the best fit for her horse after trying numerous other saddles. I've known other people that removed the horns from western saddles for the same purpose.

Chicks Saddler has several models.
http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/1004/20510W

Bonnie Snodgrass

Nike13
Mar. 9, 2010, 09:27 AM
Have you looked at Wintec saddles? Specifically the dressage saddles. I say this because I tried one out last weekend and now plan to buy one. You can get them with the changeable gullet system, so they can fit different horses, or one horse's changing back. I previously rode in a barrel saddle, and the security of the Wintec Pro was awesome. Very comfortable, and very affordable. I'm looking at a used one right now for $350. You have to shop carefully, but try ebay and tacktrader.com.

JetsBuddy
Mar. 9, 2010, 11:07 AM
I also suggest looking at the Abetta saddles. For your price range, they probably have the best selection. I've owned several and found them to be very comfortable for both the horse and the rider. And I know you can find them in a 15 inch seat because that's what I ride in.

http://www.buyabetta.com/

Leather
Mar. 9, 2010, 01:03 PM
Fabtron has a bunch of 15" saddles with a horn:

http://www.buytack.com/products/saddles/fa/menu/fabtron-trail.htm